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Old 07-24-10, 05:24 PM
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planning bike tour: upstate ny, vermont, quebec

I'm planning a bike tour from the Saranac Lake area, across Lake Champlain, through Burlington, and going through Montreal, up to the Parc Linéaire Le P'tit Train du Nord, and back through NY on the return. What is the suggested route when I cross the border into Montreal? Also, what's the best route into Montreal (where my girlfriend and I want to stay for a couple of days), and once there, to the Parc Linéaire Le P'tit Train du Nord.
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Might want to check out the Route Verte in Quebec province. Looks like there are branches that hit the US border in northern NY and VT. www.velo.qc.ca/rv/index2010_e.php
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If you border crossing into Quebec, I'd choose one of the smaller ones in Vermont. They see many more cyclist and are less crowded withfewer trucks/cars.

Check out easterntownships.com for nice route leading up to Montreal.
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The border crossing at Rouses Point is fine. Small, little traffic (avoid weekends.)

It's pretty across the border, but not much in the way of shoulders. Goes into small towns, villages. I'm sure you could connect with official routes quickly if it's not one its' self.

When looking at info on Route Verte make sure you get shoulder info. While the roads up there are pretty, the quality for biking really varies.
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as a Montrealer, do some good research for routes into the city, as you will have to go over a bridge to get into the city. Sorry but I do not have a great suggestion, other to say that one cannot bike across the Champlain bridge (no sidewalk etc, nothing, like a highway bascially)

to put htings into perspective, my very first ever bike trip was about a week and a half long from Mtl down to Rouses Pt, and down the Lake Champlain islands and into Vermont. I was new to Mtl and had no idea of how to do this, ended up going over a bridge that looked ok on a map, but was a horror in real life. Got onto an urban highway leading onto the bridge by mistake, just a total nightmare....yucky memory and put me off forever biking out of the city.

without being melodramatic about it, do some good research on it so you dont find yourself on very very bike unfriendly routes.

look up Velo Quebec, a good organization that I used for years planning my overseas trips to France and a trip down the Amercian West Coast. If you called and explained your intent, they might have good suggestions (safe and not so busy) for entering Mtl. Someone will speak english on the phone.

ps, I have crossed in to the US by bike in other places in Vermont, Ihave friends who live a 30 min ride from an itsy bitsy crossing that we use to go into Vermont to do day trips a few times a year. Sorry, dont have the name off the top of my head, but its not the lake Champlain one. Rouses Pt would be your most logical bet from your said route.

pss, a few weeks ago, I went with my family and another family and did 2 days biking on the Lake Champlain islands. Very pretty farm country, nice shoulders, lots of bike traffic and best of all, locals in cars were very polite to cyclists (such a nice change from Montreal drivers)--you will like it along the islands.

if you have more specific Montreal questions, feel free, especially for getting through the city to the north, not always bike friendly roads again. I dont however know how to get email notifications on this forum, so I might not respnd right away.

ppss, le petit train du nord as you prob know is an old train route, made into a nice gravel bike path. I have ridden on it a few times (XC skied on it too years ago) it is fine for biking, but I do find it a bit boring, not much sights--ie, it was a train line through forest, and you should check out the distances between towns, but it is more relaxing than a small highway by far.

pppsss (???) Velo Quebec and La Route Verte is a pretty good resource for routes, as the previous person mentioned. I have the "Route Verte" book which probably has routes in and out of Mtl, I just never have looked at these sections. you may be able to view this stuff on-line, dont know.

good planning, you will enjoy Mtl, its a neat city. I came here to go to Uni 25 years ago and basically stayed...
the drivers are nuts though and the road arent much better.....
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As a former Montrealer, I think the best bike bridge into the city is the Jacques Cartier. It has a bike lane, takes you into a residential neighborhood, and easily connects with the bike path in Old Montreal.
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Second the Jacques Cartier, although for those coming from the Rouses pt neck of hte woods border crossing, it will mean a bit longer route to get tothe JC, but as you say, the dedicated bike walking lane is the plus.

Getup,,,haave you ever crossed the Victoria bridge on bike? I havent and am curious to know if it is possible and/or really yucky by bike.
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This is the route I take between Chambly and Montreal: https://maps.google.ca/maps/ms?ie=UTF...64187&t=h&z=13

The marker is around where the bike path begins. You don't want to miss that. If it's a nice day, there should be plenty of other cyclists. At the western end of the line, you can ride on the F1 race track and take La Concorde bridge, Jacques-Cartier bridge or the boat shuttle. If if you feel like riding more, you can always head south and take the Champlain bridge estacade and join the Lachine canal. Make sure you ride at least one loop of the F1 track. It's pretty cool.

I believe the official Route Verte takes you over highway 112/116 on the spiraling overpass but I always get confused north of the highway.
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thanks Erick for the link, I still marvel at how cool google maps is/are. Totally cool for seeing exactly how a route is, especially so for a cyclist not wanting to mess around and lose time or have to double back.

this would be a great help for the original poster, as they would be arriving from here and it would be shorter to get ontothe island.

Ceci est un bon aide pour moi parce que j'ai acheter un velo dernierement a Brossard, et je veux retourner bientot en velo pour faire un tit checkup avant de partir en velo pour 6 jours. Je n'ai jamais pris le chemin pret de les ecluses pour aller au rive sud, ce google map montre bien qu'il y a un pont pour les gens que traverse le 132....geniale. Sera a peu pres 20-25km de chez moi pour aller a Brossard, donc j'ai plus de confiance pour aller et de traverser lautoroute. Merci
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Unibroue Brewery

Thanks everyone for the very helpful advice! I've looked into all your contributions. Does anyone know the best bicycle route to Unibroue Brewery from the Route Verte (from what I understand it goes to Montreal via Chambly, as I'm taking everyone's advice to go through Rouses Point, NY into Quebec)? I'm a huge fan of their beer and I'm planning on stopping there for a few pints.
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Thanks!
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Unibroue is here bu I'm not sure if you can taste or buy there beer on site. There's also a micro brewery here in chambly.
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i'm actually in the libation business and recently found out that unibroue is under construction. what is the name of the microbrew?
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